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Relief effort contributes thousands to Philippines
When Alvin Arboleda leaves Kodiak for Manila today, he’ll be taking 63 cents from every man, woman and child in the Kodiak Island Borough. In two weeks of work, Kodiakans have raised $8,797 to be donated to relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last month, killing more than 10,000 people. That amount is the equivalent of 63 cents from every one of Kodiak’s 14,000 people. “It was just frie...
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Phone service to offer free legal help to renters
To meet a growing need for legal help, the Alaska Legal Services Corporation has some simple advice for renters: Pick up the phone. On Dec. 12, the state’s nonprofit law firm will roll out a new phone-based assistance service. Anyone in Alaska will be able to call a toll-free number and speak to a volunteer attorney about landlord issues. “Anybody can call this help line,” said Laura Goss, director of volunteer se...
Dec 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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New VPSO hired for Ouzinkie
The village of Ouzinkie will soon have a new village public safety officer. Jim Poelman has been hired for the position by the Kodiak Area Native Association, which funds the VPSO program on Kodiak Island. Public safety officers provide public safety services and law enforcement in villages without a city police department or trooper detachment. Officers live in the villages and provide services like search and re...
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Long-term plans on borough’s agenda
The Kodiak Island Borough considers its long-term plans Tuesday night as the borough assembly opens discussion on the borough’s strategic plan. The plan is the headlining item for the borough assembly’s regular work session, which begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the borough building. Logging will also be under discussion as members of the assembly address alternatives to clearcutting timber, the practice long used ...
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Baranov Museum curator learns the art of packing
The Baranov Museum won’t begin packing for its renovation until 2016, but it’s never too early to start preparing. Anjuli Grantham, curator of collections for the museum, has returned from the Alaska State Museum in Juneau where spent a week storing some of the 32,000 artifacts that need to be preserved while the state museum is renovated. Instead of boxing the collection themselves, state museum staff decided to ...
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Teacher Spotlight: From coach to P.E. teacher, Rounsaville helps students stay fit
Sports and physical activity have always been a major focus of Darlene Rounsaville’s life, which is why she has taught P.E. for 29 years. Rounsaville grew up in Kodiak and graduated from Kodiak High School. When she was young, she was always involved in sports — she was on the first Kodiak high school cross country team to win state and played basketball — which is how she ended up teaching physical education. “I ...
Dec 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Salvager plans to free grounded crabber with blast
Famed marine salvager Dan Magone says explosives are the answer to removing a wrecked crabber off rocks near Unalaska. Last week, Magone, manager of Resolve-Magone Marine Services, told the Dutch Harbor Fisherman that he plans to remove the 102-foot Arctic Hunter by blasting away the rocks holding it in place. The Arctic Hunter, battered by waves since it went aground near Morris Cove in Unalaska Bay, is well beyo...
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State seeks comments on arming VPSOs
The Alaska Department of Public Safety is asking for comments about regulation changes that could allow armed village public safety officers on Kodiak Island and across the state. DPS has submitted a proposal that would allow qualified VPSOs to carry firearms while on duty. While Alaska State Troopers are allowed to carry guns, village public safety officers — who often work alone in remote locations — are only al...
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Biologists propose sharp increase in pollock quota
Federal biologists are recommending a 30 percent increase in the Gulf of Alaska’s pollock quota next year, according to a new report to be presented at next week’s North Pacific Fishery Council meeting. The Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report, released each fall, presents biologists’ best guess as to how many groundfish can be taken from the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea each year. The report is ...
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Soil and Water proposes community garden
People might soon be able to rent space in a community garden if the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District’s plans pan out. The conservation district has proposed developing a community garden on city land and is trying to measure interest. The project, still in its conceptual phase, would require permission from the Kodiak City Council. “We’re trying to get use of land from them in town in a good location,”...
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